*Report: Tesla Close to Testing Prototype for Self-Driving Semi-Truck
Tesla is getting close to testing a prototype of a long-haul, electric semi-truck that can drive itself and automatically follow a lead vehicle in a “platoon,” Reuters reports. The electric-car maker discussed possible road tests for the new technology with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles in an email exchange seen by Reuters. A regulatory official with the company told Nevada authorities the goal is to test two trucks “without having a person in the vehicle.” Tesla was also due to meet with authorities in California to discuss similar plans, according to the report. Chief Executive Elon Musk said earlier this year that the company’s new electric truck would be unveiled in September, though he didn’t mention self-driving capabilities at that time.
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*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***One is the loneliest number and, sometimes, it could even be the most dangerous. Loneliness is just as much of a public health hazard as obesity, if not more so, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association annual conference last week. Research from 148 studies, involving 300,000 participants, showed people who had greater social connections had a 50% reduced risk of dying early, and another set of research involving 70 studies representing 3.4 million people in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia found social isolation, loneliness or living alone each played a significant role in premature death. Over 42 million Americans over the age of 45 suffer from chronic loneliness, according to the AARP. More than one-quarter of the population lives alone and more than half are unmarried, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. People that considered themselves lonely were less likely to engage in social activities, such as going to religious services, volunteering or finding a hobby, the AARP study concluded. (It’s based on a scale created by UCLA, where respondents were asked about various characteristics linked to loneliness. (The AARP promotes group activities for seniors.)
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Milton Friedman: The Rise of Socialism is Absurd. Milton Friedman, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economic Science, was one of the most recognizable and influential proponents of liberty and markets in the 20th century, and the leader of the Chicago School of economics.———-https://youtu.be/mKhfR8WC4Eo
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*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Alan Peckolick, who overcame a failed art school career to emerge as a leading designer of some the world’s most distinctive logos, died on Aug. 3 in Danbury, Conn. He was 76. The cause was brain damage sustained after a fall, his wife, Jessica Weber, said. He had Parkinson’s disease. ***Glen Campbell, the sweet-voiced, guitar-picking son of a sharecropper who became a recording, television and movie star in the 1960s and ’70s, waged a publicized battle with alcohol and drugs and gave his last performances while in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, died on Tuesday in Nashville. He was 81. Tim Plumley, his publicist, said the cause was Alzheimer’s.
*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Jim Carrey was given permission by a Los Angeles court on Tuesday to use his ex-girlfriend’s medical records during the wrongful death trial regarding her suicide. Carrey’s former girlfriend, Cathriona White, 30, died in Sept. 2015 from an overdose of prescription drugs, according to The Telegraph. White’s family accused the “Mask” actor of utilizing his “wealth, influence and celebrity status” to supply her with the drugs. Carrey’s defense argued that White, an Irish make-up artist, was prescribed pain killers after undergoing breast augmentation. ***The very first sex scandal of Donald Trump’s presidency has just resulted in the birth of a love child. Married former White House communications director Jason Miller has fathered a son with Trump transition adviser A.J. Delgado following a wild night out in Las Vegas. Sources reported that Miller and Delgado went to a Las Vegas strip club with members of the media the night before Trump’s final debate against Hillary Clinton in late October. Miller confirmed the birth of their child on Wednesday. ***Air travel is agony, even for superstars. Leonardo DiCaprio got stuck at Velana International Airport in the Maldives on Monday after he and his pals missed their connecting flight because the puddle-jumper from their swank resort was delayed. A source says the “Great Gatsby” star was able to book another flight — but still had to wait in the airport for five hours. ***Anna Faris and Chris Pratt, who announced on Sunday that they’re splitting after eight years of marriage, have been having problems for at least a year and a half. “They’re very competitive with each other,” says a source. “At parties they compete over who’s funniest and get insecure if they’re not.” The discord also has to do with Pratt’s soaring career, with leads in “Jurassic Park” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”